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Annual festival draws thousands of area residents

Hmmm … heavy rain, a warming trend, cloudy skies … could mean only one thing: Ideal conditions to hunt and harvest fungi. It also was just what the doctor ordered…

Best friends create greeting cards as Relay for Life fundraiser

Tab McDermid and Connie Taylor, Relay for Life of Ray County committee members, attend what they call Greeting Card 101, a “class” taught by fellow volunteer Zel Milligan. “We go…

County implementing controls on electric costs

A $7,250 Kansas City Power & Light grant Ray County applied for in December has been approved, and commissioners say they’ll watch closely to see what savings computerized controls bring…

Council mulls DUI checkpoint grant

The Richmond Police Department would like another stab at a DUI checkpoint grant pursued last year. Richmond Police Chief Terri McWilliams brought the Richmond City Council a MoDOT grant proposal…

County kids can ‘make waves’ in summer reading program

As temperatures climb upward and the outdoors becomes more tempting, Ray County Library would like county kids to stick their noses in a few books. Ray County Library children’s librarian…

Community pulls together for Stet Fire

A pristine Morton-style fire station was recently completed along Route K in Stet. Along with its concrete slab floor, the building was built on a foundation of community generosity. The…

Downtown apartments on city’s wishlist again

Once again, the Richmond City Council has decisions to make regarding the expansion of downtown residential uses. According to City Administrator Rick Childers, interest has renewed in establishing apartments around…

As a cost-saving measure, council seeks staff engineer

The Richmond City Council may know soon whether it can save significantly on future engineering costs. The council decided Tuesday to advertise for civil engineers interested in a permanent, full-time…

Council considers paying dues for MARC affiliation

Richmond’s Mid-America Regional Council Dues could soon be headed for Finance Committee discussions. Following a presentation Tuesday evening by MARC representative Marlene Nagel, City Administrator Rick Childers admitted that Richmond…

City road plan ready

TranSystems’ work in Richmond appears done. Where the Access Richmond plan goes from here now rests on the city’s shoulders. The Kansas City transportation-engineering group officially unveiled a final comprehensive…